Capitol Choices will be meeting in the 2nd floor meeting room at Central Library on Friday July 15. Staff members will be at the glass doors by the rear parking lot at 9am to grant you access into the building.
The story of the White Rose resistance movement during WWII in Munich is a well-written, well-researched book as only Freedman can write. Hans and Sophie Scholl and a few others wrote and distributed anti-Hitler leaflets first in Munich and then all around Germany. Their brave actions ultimately cost them their lives. We Will Not Be Silent shines a light upon a dark but inspiring part of WWII.
This is a strong WWII story about a young boy in Nazi-occupied France who must do the right thing when a local Jewish family is outed. It's perfect for the 8-12 audience much like Snow Treasure (McSwigan). Not graphic but it presents children (8-12) with a dilemma and this boy's decision to act. The boy, Marcel, is fascinated by the Tour de France so readers with similar interests will be drawn to this. Back matter contains info on WWII, WWII in France, a timeline, and the Tour de France.
If you are looking for an edge-of-your seat YA thriller, look no further. The Darkest Corners has well-drawn characters, a gripping plot, and a spot on narration by Jorjeania Marie. It's a mystery, certainly, but you will be able to sleep at night!
Ms. Bixby is one of the best teachers in the school. She knows how to makes sixth grade fun. When she’s diagnosed with cancer, she’s unable to finish the school year. Super smart Steve, crazily creative Topher, and overburdened Brand work together to visit Ms. Bixby in the hospital with the hope of creating her perfect day. Their plan to skip school, procure the ingredients for a perfect day, and take them to Ms. Bixby, meets with disaster after disaster. Alternating chapters in each boy’s voice reveal their own struggles and strengths and the role that Ms. Bixby has played in each of their lives. A touching novel about the friendship amongst three wildly different guys and the importance of good, caring teachers. Ten to fourteen. –Lisa Cosgrove-Davies
A Moroccan storyteller doubly quenches a child's thirst with a series of tales and cups of cool water, and with these stories, the boy, in turn, wards off the Sahara desert's drought and the djinn that represents encroaching sands. These are original tales that read (or sound) like stories from the Arabian Nights and work well to support the author's plea to support the Moroccan tradition of public storytelling. Turk’s gorgeous allusive art is done a variety of surprising materials, and is full of swirling lines. Decorative frames help readers keep the stories straight and frames within frames to show stories within stories. (7-10. K. Isaacs)
Hermione Winters is drugged, raped, and left in a lake at cheerleading camp the summer before her senior year. Afterwards, she has no memory of her rapist. Strong and fierce, Hermione is determined not to be defined as the girl who was raped. She returns to school, remains on the cheerleading team, and gets an abortion when she finds out she’s pregnant. With the support of her loving parents, an incredibly close cheerleading team, a talented (and funny) therapist, and her ferocious best friend Polly, Hermione takes control of her life and her future. This well-told tale of rape and resilience leaves you cheering for Hermione and her bright future. Fourteen and up. –Lisa Cosgrove-Davies
When evil bully Betty Glengarry moves to eleven-year-old Annabelle’s Pennsylvania town in 1943 she irrevocably changes Annabelle’s life. Betty causes Annabelle’s friend to lose an eye, a man to lose his safety, and Annabelle to lose her innocence. Annabelle learns to lie and to hide things from her parents. She faces weighty moral decisions which end in tragedy. With a chilling tone, and with the sensibility of To Kill a Mockingbird, this story will haunt you. Ten to Fourteen. –Lisa Cosgrove-Davies